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Roberto Barrella

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I was born in Rome in 1992. I obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Energy Engineering in 2015 and a Master's degree in Energy Engineering in 2018, both from Università degli Studi di Roma La Sapienza. I developed my master's thesis at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. The main themes of my studies were renewable energy, energy efficiency, and energy sustainability. For the past ten years, I have been a volunteer of the Community of Sant'Egidio, which provides service for children, elderly and homeless. I participated in projects with this association in four different places: at an elderly home, at a children’s home, at Largo Passamonti in Rome and in Blantyre, Malawi.
Since September 2018 I have applied my engineering knowledge to fight against energy poverty. My main goal is to improve the efficiency and sustainability of energy conversion systems and buildings to ensure proper environmental and socio-economic integration.
I am currently working as a research assistant at the Institute for Research in Technology, Universidad Pontificia Comillas. My doctoral thesis is part of the project of the Chair on Energy and Poverty. This tries to make a significant contribution to find solutions to energy poverty with the collaboration of different research lines, a group of companies in the energy sector and social partners. The main objective of the Chair is to give coherence to studies, legislative proposals, training and dissemination actions that contribute to mitigation and ideally the eradication of this issue in Spain.
The main objective of my research is to study and propose energy policies to fight against energy poverty.